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Said & Done: Ronaldinho, marquee clubs and multiple defamations

The season so far – also featuring Fifa 2.0, a fined lion and football’s saddest lament Continue reading…

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Fifa’s treatment of Women’s World Cup final keeps ‘virus’ contained | Marina Hyde

Gianni Infantino possibly meant well in saying ‘this virus of women’s football will spread’ yet 2019’s showpiece is on the same day as the Copa América and Concacaf Gold Cup finalsLike anyone else waking up after being cryogenically frozen since the 19…

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Theresa May backs joint UK and Ireland bid to host 2030 World Cup

Prime minister says future bid would have full support after Labour backed it in JulyThe government has joined the Labour party in offering to support a joint bid from the UK and Ireland to host the 2030 World Cup.The football associations of England, …

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Fifa must do more to highlight the quality in the women’s game | Eni Aluko

Fifa got the Luka Modric decision right at the Best awards but naming Marta as the women’s best sends the wrong signalsFifa’s annual Best awards were held in London on Monday and it is fair to say they have created much debate. I can see why and no mor…

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Fifa to discuss plans to curb agents’ fees and re-introduce licensing system

• New regulations will mean only players pay agents• Loan system may be overhauled to end player stockpilingFifa has taken initial steps towards trying to control the vast amounts of money being paid out of football to agents, agreeing in principle to …

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Sam Kerr snubbed by Fifa again as Marta wins sixth gong

Australian striker finished ninth in Fifa vote for women’s best playerVeteran rewarded for captaining Brazil to Copa America winMatildas striker Sam Kerr has been overlooked by Fifa for a second year running, with Brazilian legend Marta picking up the …

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Sam Kerr snubbed by Fifa again as Marta wins sixth gong

Australian striker finished ninth in Fifa vote for women’s best playerVeteran rewarded for captaining Brazil to Copa America winMatildas striker Sam Kerr has been overlooked by Fifa for a second year running, with Brazilian legend Marta picking up the …

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The stars come out for the Fifa football awards 2018 in London – in pictures

Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Marta, Mbappé, Noel Gallagher and many more put on their best for the awards ceremony in LondonModric and Marta take top Fifa awards Continue reading…

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Luka Modric and Marta win Fifa player of the year awards in London

• Modric beats Ronaldo to men’s prize, Salah wins Puskás award• 32-year-old Marta wins women’s award for first time since 2010Luka Modric has been named the Fifa men’s footballer of the year at a ceremony in London, with Brazil’s Marta crowned the worl…

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Said & Done: Maradona, fake news media and Nigeria’s naked hex

The season so far – also featuring Fifa 2.0, dog of the week and a ban for being laconicJorge Alberto Hank – hiring Diego Maradona to work for Dorados in Mexico’s drug cartel heartland. “During my conversations with him he’s been very excited to come h…

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Official in Fifa bribery scandal jailed for nine years over football racketeering

• Ex-president of South American governing body took bribes• Sentence handed down by court in New YorkA former South American football official has been sentenced to nine years in prison on charges arising out of the sprawling Fifa bribery scandal.Juan…

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US federal court sentences José Maria Marin to four years for corruption

• Former president of Brazil Football Federation arrested in 2015• Marin is first Fifa official sentenced after US-led investigationThe former Brazil Football Federation president José Maria Marin has been sentenced to four years in prison by a United …

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Said & Done: Mourinho’s pledge, two bags of granola and 140 goats

Summer roundup – also featuring Neymar’s heart, West Ham’s carpet and no more corruption Related: David Squires on … emo Mourinho’s Premier League 2018-19 preview Continue reading…

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Real Madrid report Internazionale to Fifa over Luka Modric approach

• Inter tried to sign Croatian during transfer window• Atlético Madrid fined £40,000 for breaking ‘third-party’ rulesReal Madrid have reported Internazionale to Fifa over their pursuit of midfielder Luka Modric.A Fifa spokesperson confirmed that footba…

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England up to sixth and France first in Fifa rankings as Germany plummet

• World Cup run sees Gareth Southgate’s side up six from 12th• Belgium are second and Brazil third – Germany drop to 15thEngland’s World Cup success has seen them climb to sixth place in Fifa’s world rankings. Gareth Southgate’s side have jumped six pl…

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Just how close is Australia to being suspended by Fifa? | Jonathan Howcroft

It is a doomsday scenario but faced with another FFA failure to pass reform the stakes are rising fast “Welcome to day one of the 20-day PR war.” That was the foreboding message I received last Wednesday by someone close to the latest chapter in Austra…

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Digital Ronaldos stay strong in bid for eWorld Cup glory

Playing the Fifa video game was once regarded as a fun hobby but 32 players from around the world are battling this week in London for a $250,000 winner’s chequeOn the big screen at the O2 Nicolas99fc is nibbling at his top lip. Short, skinny and barel…

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And they should know, because they asked Emmanuel Amunike | The Fiver

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Who has been the best male coach in all football over the last year? There seems to be only one rational response to this question, which is think for a while, conclude that it’s jolly hard to tell, an…

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Four weeks of endless drama in Russia has re-energised World Cup | Barney Ronay

After a tournament that was gripping from start to finish with thrilling matches, marvellous midfielders, the rebirth of England and VAR controversy, Qatar has a lot to live up toThank you Russia, and goodbye! It’s been fun. Not to mention epic, thrill…

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Football and fat fees: questions raised over funding of sporting conference

Was ‘sports integrity’ event that repeatedly questioned 2022 World Cup decision funded by Qatar rivals?After Russia’s wildly successful World Cup, the eyes of the sporting world have turned to the next host, Qatar – and a recent event in London gave an…